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Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Anglican Healing Liturgy

St. Andrew's holds healing services, at least twice a year where pray for the sick. For the past year or so, we have enjoyed using a healing liturgy from the Anglican Province of Kenya. The Eucharistic prayer is also from Kenya. This Sunday is Pentecost Sunday and our next healing service. Please come and let us pray for you. St. Andrew's Anglican Church in Syracuse, NY.

The Prelude


The Acclamation
Alleluia! Christ is risen!
The Lord is risen indeed! Alleluia!

Collect For Purity
Almighty God, unto whom all hearts are open, all desires known, and from whom no secrets are hid: Cleanse the thoughts of our hearts by the inspiration of thy Holy Spirit, that we may perfectly love thee, and worthily magnify thy holy Name; through Christ our Lord. Amen.

The Procession

Pentecost Collect
The Lord be with you.
And with thy spirit.

Let us pray.
O GOD, you teach the hearts of your faithful people by sending us the light of your Holy Spirit; By your Spirit, give us right judgment in all things, so that we may rejoice forever in his holy comfort; Through the victory of Christ Jesus our Savior, who lives and rules with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. Amen.

Service of Healing (from Our Modern Services, Anglican Church of Kenya, 2002.)
Brothers and sisters, we have come together to worship God whose hands are always stretched out in blessings and healing. This, he has shown us through his Son Jesus Christ. We come to thank him for calling us to share in this work of healing. We come to seek his grace and wisdom and for a bruised and broken world. We come to give ourselves to him, that we might be instruments of his love and power to all who need his healing touch today.

People sit or kneel for confession

Eternal Father, God of our ancestors, before your power all things tremble, but through your Son we approach your throne. We have done wrong and neglected to do right; our sins weigh heavily on our hearts; Lord have mercy, count them not against us. Grant us the joy of forgiveness and lighten our hearts with the glory of Christ, who died and rose again for us. Amen.

The God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ rejoices at repentance and declares his acceptance. The dead are alive, the lost are found, His goodness and mercy shall follow you all the days of your life, and you will live in the house of the Lord for ever. Amen.

The First Lesson Ezekiel 37:1-14
This is the Word of the Lord
Thanks be to God.

The Second Lesson Acts 2:1-21
This is the Word of the Lord
Thanks be to God.

All Stand for the reading of the Gospel and face the Gospel.

The Gradual Hymn

The Holy Gospel
The Holy Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ, according to John.
Glory to You, Lord Christ

Read: John 15:26-27; 16:4b-15

The Gospel of the Lord.
Praise to You, Lord Christ.

The Gradual Hymn

The Sermon

Healing Prayer
Lord Jesus Christ, we are weak but you are strong; we are poor but you are rich; we are sinful but you forgive; we are sick but you give health. Come to us through your Holy Spirit, so that we may receive all that you plan for our healing and wholeness, and may all glory and honor come back to you. Amen.

Praise be to the Lord our King!
Praise be to the Lord of Lords!

He forgives our sins;
He heals our ailments.

He died to give us life;
He rose to give us hope.

Christ is with us now;
He is here indeed.

The Spirit is here;
With healing in his wings.

Let us pray for health and healing.

We give thanks that God longs for healing and wholeness for all people. Let us bless the Lord.
Blessed be the name of the Lord.

For the healing ministry of Jesus Christ, touching men, women and children at the place of their deepest need.
We bless the name of the Lord.

For the work of the Holy Spirit, who empowers us with this ministry today.
We bless the name of the Lord.

We bring before you Lord, those we know who need your healing touch, the sick, the lonely, the bereaved, those enslaved by drugs, the displaced, the confused, the hungry, those who have wandered from home.
Reach out and touch them Lord.

Either silently or out loud pray for those who need God’s healing.

O Sovereign Lord, you who created all humans and gave them life, give your blessing and wisdom to all medical professionals, researchers and all who work to bring health and healing to others. Bless and keep all who are involved in the care of the sick and dying at home, in hospitals and hospices; fill them with love, patience and courage. Give special grace to those who minister to the dying.
Bless and empower them O Lord.

Either silently or out loud, pray for your doctors and any persons you know involved in the medical /healing professions.

Bring healing to every family where there is stress or conflict.
We pray for healing and reconciliation O Lord.

Bring about a healing of relationships in this church. Bring reconciliation, bring harmony, bring peace, bring unity. Just as the Father is one with the Son and the Holy Spirit, may your people, though many, enjoy that unity of purpose which the Holy Spirit alone enables and facilitates. Grant us the privilege of meeting with you today and enjoying your presence in this service as we wait with expectancy for the great things you are going to do for your people. We pray this in the name of our Lord and healer, Jesus Christ.
Come Holy Spirit and unify us. Move among us in your power.

We bring to you Lord, people with diseases that doctors have described as terminal;

We bring to you Lord, people whose diseases have not yet been diagnosed;

We bring to you Lord, those people who have been diagnosed with cancer, diabetes, heart disease, Alzheimer's disease, HIV, depression, mental illness, addictions, arthritis and others;

We bring to you Lord, people who have been deprived of love and friendship and are in a state of deep loneliness;

We bring to you Lord, those who are suffering from numerous other conditions and who need your healing;

We bring to you Lord, those who are sick and require healing, but would rather their names are not mentioned.

For all these people Lord:
Bring healing, bring wholeness.

God the Father, God the Son, God the Holy Spirit

Sanctify this hour as we stand before your holy presence, lifting our hearts and waiting in faith and hope for the opening of your healing springs. Open them now Lord as we stand in awe of your sovereign majesty, and heal these your people of all that weighs them down, physically, emotionally and psychologically.

Release those whom Satan has held captive, comfort the disturbed and the distressed in spirit; heal those who may be nursing deep hurts arising from separation, divorce, and failed or strained relationships; those deeply devastated by the loss of loved ones and abortion; heal and forgive those that may be suffering from restlessness and guilt due to unrepented sins.

Come Holy Spirit, we wait for you. Our lives are needy, our hearts are open. Bring to us the healing touch of Jesus. Move among us in your power and grant us healing and wholeness, in Jesus' name we pray. Amen.

Consecration of Anointing Oil
Consecrate this oil, Lord, which your servant is about to use for the anointing of your people. In the name of the Father, Son and the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Ministry of the Holy Spirit
At this time those who wish to receive prayer of any need or concern are encouraged to move to one of the prayer teams, as they become available. The congregation is encouraged to worship through prayer and singing.

The following prayers are said by the prayer ministers as appropriate.

In the name of Jesus Christ who was wounded for our sake, and by whose stripes we are healed, be healed of all infirmities in your body, mind and spirit. Amen.

I anoint you with this holy oil. Receive Christ’s forgiveness and healing. The power of the Saviour who suffered for you, flow through your mind and body, lifting you to peace and inward strength. Amen.

I anoint you in the name of the Anointed One, Jesus Christ. Receive healing, receive forgiveness, receive peace, receive fullness of life, even eternal life. Through the merits of our Lord Jesus Christ the great healer and Saviour. Amen.

Let us pray.
In simple faith we come to you, to draw from your healing strength. We ask this trusting in the name of him who lives and reigns for ever, Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior. Amen. 

All stand. The Celebrant says to the people.

The Peace
The Peace of the Lord be always with you.
And with your spirit.


The Offertory
O Lord our God, you are worthy to receive glory and honor and power; because you have created all things, and by your will they were created and have their being. Revelation 4:11

The Presentation
The people stand while the offerings are presented and placed on the Altar.

The Great Thanksgiving From the Anglican Province of Kenya
Is the Father with us?
He is!

Is Christ among us?
He is!

Is the Spirit here?
He is!

This is our God.
Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

We are his people.
We are redeemed.

Lift up your hearts.
We lift them to the Lord.

Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.
It is right to give him thanks and praise.

It is right and our delight to give you thanks and praise, great Father, living God, supreme over the world. Creator, Provider, Savior and Giver. From a wandering nomad you created your family; for a burdened people you raised up a leader; for a confused nation you chose a king, for a rebellious crowd you sent your prophets. In these last days you have sent us your Son, your perfect image, bringing your kingdom, revealing your will, dying, rising, reigning, remaking your people for yourself. Through him you have poured out your Holy Spirit, filling us with light and life.

Therefore with angels, archangels, faithful ancestors and all in heaven, we proclaim your great and glorious name, forever praising you and saying.

Holy, holy, holy Lord, God of power and might, heaven and earth are full of your glory. Hosanna in the highest. Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord. Hosanna in the highest.

The people may kneel or be seated.

Almighty God, Owner of all things, We thank you for giving up your only son to die on the cross for us who owe you everything. Pour your refreshing Spirit on us as we remember him in the way he commanded, through these gifts of your creation. Grant that by the power of your Holy Spirit these gifts of bread and wine may be to us his body and blood.

On the same night that he was betrayed he took bread and gave you thanks: he broke it and gave it to his disciples saying, "Take, eat; this is my body which is given for you. Do this for the remembrance of me."
Amen. His body was broken for us.

In the same way, after supper he took the cup and gave thanks: he gave it to them, saying, "Drink this, all of you; this is my blood of the new covenant which is shed for you and for many for the forgiveness of sins. Do this as often as you drink it, in the remembrance of me."
Amen. His blood was shed for us.

Let us proclaim the mystery of faith.
Christ has died.
Christ is risen.
Christ will come again!

We are brothers and sisters through his blood
We have died together, We will rise together, We will live together.

Therefore, heavenly Father, hear us as we celebrate this covenant with joy, and await the coming of our Brother, Jesus Christ. He died in our place, making a full atonement for the sins of the whole world, the perfect sacrifice, once and for all. You accepted his offering by raising him from death, and granting him great honor at your right hand on high.
Amen. Jesus is Lord!

The Lord’s Prayer
And now, as our Savior Christ has taught us, we are bold to pray,

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy Name,
Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom,
and the power, and the glory,
for ever and ever. Amen.

This is the feast of victory!
The lamb who was slain has begun his reign. Hallelujah!

Christ is alive for ever.
We are because he is.

We are one body.
We share one bread.

Draw near with faith.
Christ is the host and we are his guests.

The Gifts of God for the People of God. Take them in remembrance that Christ died for you, and feed on Him in your hearts by faith, with thanksgiving.

The Post-Communion Prayer
Let us Pray.
God Most High, we thank you for welcoming us, teaching us, and feeding us. We deserve nothing from you but in your great mercy you have given us everything in your Son Jesus Christ. We love you and give ourselves to you to be sent out for your work; grant us your blessing, now and for ever. Amen.

The Blessing
While standing, the people accompany the first three responses with a sweep of the arm towards the cross behind the Holy Table, and their final response with a sweep towards heaven.

All our problems
We send to the cross of Christ!

All our difficulties
We send to the cross of Christ!

All the devil's works
We send to the cross of Christ!

All our hopes
We set on the risen Christ!

Christ the Sun of righteousness shine upon you and scatter the darkness from before your path: and the blessing of God Almighty, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, be among you, and remain with you always. Amen.

The Final Processional

Go out into the world, rejoicing in the power of the Spirit
Thanks be to God!

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